Monday, October 22, 2007

Mother Teresa's Legacy

So Mother Teresa's notes were published posthumously and against her will. It turns out that, like all of us, she had struggles and questions and doubts and fears.

How humanizing.

Did she lack faith? Don Johnson absolutely nails it:
Christian faith is "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Heb. 11:1). At least two issues about this definition need to be addressed.

First, Christian faith is not an embrace of irrationality or lack of evidence. It is trusting, based on evidence already presented, that something will occur in the future (or has occurred in the past, in rare instances)...

Second, the mark of biblical faith is not one hundred percent emotional and intellectual certainty. It is obedience.
I esteem Teresa's legacy, and it gives me inspiration to think that despite a shortcoming of 100% emotional and intellectual certainty, she evaluated the evidence and then played her cards. That is precisely what Jesus calls for. That is faith.

Don's article is worth the read. So is the Time one I guess. Your choice.


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